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Michael Young : Boca man hopes worm compost startup will help reduce waste

 BOCA RATON, Fla. - You can call Michael Young a hero on two fronts.

When he's not saving lives as a fireman in Boca - he's helping to save the planet.

It's all because of a bin of creepy crawlers in his front yard.

It's called 'vermicomposting' - composting with worms - and Mike has built an entire start up company around it called 'Jolly Green FL'.

"It comes from dirt, make it dirt again, re-use it, and grow something healthy for yourself," he says.

He sells his bins in both large and small sizes.

"I call it the Wormdorf Astoria," he says, showing off the green pail. "I designed this as a compact system that people can use indoors."

No matter the size, their purpose is the same - to reduce the amount of trash we toss in our landfills.

The most recent study by the American Chemistry Council estimates each family dumps about $640 worth of food a year.

"When you think of what they're putting in there, it never breaks down, there's no oxygen," he says. "A head of lettuce 50 years from now will be a head of lettuce."

So he says instead you can take that lettuce, or that watermelon, or those egg shells, dump them in his bin, and let the red wriggler worms do the work.

"The better things you put into the worm bin, the better the soil is going to be when you take it out," Young says. "What they excrete is a complete organic compost that's really good for plants."

The end result is a fresh, full garden for him, and less waste for his family.

"The outside garbage can goes down to curb maybe every two months  - that's how much we eliminated waste just in our household," he says. "If you want to make a difference in the world, this is a very simple way, right at home."

Michael sells the 'Wormdorf Astoria' for about 70 bucks each.

He says once you get it set up, it's easy to use and maintain.

Click here for more info on Jolly Green FL.

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